Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mini Occasions Tour Blog Candy Winner

True Random Number Generator Result: 81 I used Random.org to pick the number and the
winner is.....

Mary Davis! Congratulations Mary! I will be contacting you for the information to mail the prize to you!

Just a note I had several comments deleted by the authors so I didn't use them in the final
comment count. Also one commenter asked why I wanted the form of the email address in my comments the way I asked. I had read that some bots can pick up email addresses and didn't want to expose you to any more junk mail.

Thanks to all of you who visited and also to those of you who commented. I appreciate every
one! The blog post will be left up and the links will be deleted. The blog tour was advertised for one day only, so the tour director thought it best to take them down.

Now back to stamping so I can add a new post!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

SU Blog Tour 1 Stop 13

Welcome! You have arrived on Stop 12 of the Stampin' Up! Mini Occasions Blog Tour 1 in beautiful North Carolina!

So glad you stopped by today. I have two projects to show you using the Matchbox Bigz XL Die and one using a stamp from the Matchbox Messages stamp set that coordinates with the die. I love these two items. The first item is a simple matchbox made with Stampin' Up! designer paper, cardstock, some ribbon, cardstock, and a punch. I used a stamp from Matchbox Messages on the tag. The flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms punch. Four Hershey nuggets will fit nicely in this box. You can put lots of things in these boxes and there are so many uses for them. Use them for baby or bridal showers, to give some candy in, small gifts such as jewelry, or fold up some cash to put in it. People will love getting anything in these darling boxes.

The next item is my blog candy for this stop on the tour. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and your email address spelled out in the comment. When you leave your email in the comment, you can use this format insertyouremailatwhereeverdotcom. I will use Random.org to pick the number and will contact the winner. Remember to leave your email address in the comment section. This is a free contest open to anyone in the USA. Since my project is 3D, I think it best to limit to mailing in the US. Sorry about that if you are from another country. Don't mean to leave you out, but I am afraid it will not make it to you, but please leave a comment and I will send you a card if your number is picked.
There are goodies in every drawer. I have brads in the top, punched cardstock in the second, and buttons in the bottom drawer. The vase on top is made from separated cardstock and punches and even a Sizzlit die. The "doily" is made with a punch and I pierced holes in it. Even the drawers are lined! Hope you enjoy it! Good luck on winning!

Have a fun ride! Stop back again soon!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

SU Blog Tour April 27, 2009

Come along on a Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Tour on April 27th, 2009. At each stop on this tour, you will be treated with beautiful projects made with the products offered in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. There are 19 stops and you don't want to miss any of them. Start your tour here on the 27th of April! The tour will only be open on April 27th so mark the date!

I will be showcasing projects made with Stampin' Up!'s Matchbox Bigz XL Die and the stamp set Matchbox Messages. There are so many possibilities with these two products. Next stop on the tour will be the wonderful blog of Nancy Legate. She will be showing projects using the stamp set Choo Choo. On April 27, 2009, just click on her name and take the next stop on our tour !

Remember this trip costs you nothing and in the current economic times who doesn't like free? I will be offering blog candy on that day. Check back often for more details! Other blog stops on that day will offer blog candy also! Don't miss out on this tour!

Stampin' Up! has a great promotion going on during April with the Occasions Mini Catalog. Purchase $40 in product during April and you get to pick any product on the Under Ten page of the Summer/Spring Idea Book and Catalog free! Click on the catalog in the side bar and go to page 208 to see the Under Ten products.

Sweet Stems Card

I love the challenges on the LNSconvention09 Yahoo Group. They have a weekly challenge and this week's challenge was a sketch. Isn't the sketch cute! If you aren't a member, you are missing out on some great ideas, tips, and projects. This group is for Stampin' Up! demonstrators and anyone who loves Stampin' Up! products. You don't have to be a demo to join the group. Join in on all the fun and inspiration today. Tell them Tammy Howell sent you!

We are having a blog tour on April 27 and you don't want to miss it. Check my blog on April 27 and take the tour with me using products from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog. I will be giving away some blog candy on that day. You can win it by leaving a comment on the blog candy post and putting your email address in the comment. One way of leaving the email in the comment is by spelling out at and dot. That way bots can't pick up your email. I cannot see your email address you leave when commenting in the email box so that is the reason you need to add your address in the comment section so I can contact you to send you the prize!

This card was made using Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, So Saffron, and Cameo Coral card stock. Ink used was Jet Black Stazon and Cameo Coral Classic ink. I also used Pretty in Pink and Rose Red makers. I used the 5/8" Grosgrain Kiwi Kiss ribbon. Buttons are from Button Bouquet from Stampin' Up!. I love how Stampin' Up! products coordinate. I don't have to worry about matching colors. To purchase any of the products used, click on the link under shop now. Any questions? Contact me at howe1472atbellsouthdotnet. That is how you will write the email in your comments for the prize!

Sweet Stems
Price: $16.95

Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper
Price: $9.95

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Joke of the Day

“How did school go today? a mother asked her little boy. “Fine”, the little fellow replied. “We had a new teacher and she wanted to know if I had any brothers and I told her I was an only child”. What did she say?” his mother asked. “The teacher said, “Thank goodness!"

"A merry heart doeth like good medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wild About You Scrapbook Page

12 x 12 scrapbook page

I don't have a lot of sets for children. This set is so cute and I can't wait for the day when I can do grandchildren pages and cards! This page uses Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Confetti White. Inks used are Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery Craft Ink. I like to use Stampin' Up!'s Craft Inks (pigment) for scrapbook pages and for heat embossing with clear embossing powder. It lasts a long time and will not fade. Hope you enjoy the page.
The Lion is stamped twice, once in Chocolate Chip and once in Bashful Blue. I trimmed the mane and face out and adhered them with Stampin' Up! Dimensionals. The dots were made by running card stock through the Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Dots Texturz plate. Then I punched them out using Stampin' Up!'s circle punches. I love the Mat Pack and used the piercing template to pierce the dotted lines by the sentiment. Quick and easy page. I will add photos and journaling later. The stamp set is shown below.

Wild About You
Price: $25.95

Friday, April 17, 2009

Joke - Funny Photo - of the day!

Literally a doggie bag! Not one I want to take leftovers in. LOL

Sock Monkey Birthday Card

I love the Sock Monkey stamp set. I used retired Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper on the balloons using the paper piercing technique. You can use the paper piecing technique on the monkey also. Paper Piecing is so easy. Just stamp in Basic Black and then trim around the stamped image. It sure makes things go quickly instead of coloring all the images. I colored this one with Aquapainter and ink refills. The Designer Paper is from a previous hostess Level 1 pack. What a cutie he is! I used Whisper White craft ink refill and picked up small amounts with the Aquapainter. I then dabbed the Aquapainter over the gray to make the nobby look of the original socks used to make sock monkeys.

Information about the set is below. See the rest of the stamps in the set below the description.

If you live in the United States you can purchase this set through my Stampin Up! Business Website on the sidebar.

Sock Monkey
Price: $26.95
You remember your sock monkey don't you? Tattered and worn, he never left your side day or night. Mother desperately wanted to wash him--or throw him away. Celebrate important events and make mom happy by sending a nostalgic sock monkey card without the overwhelming stench. The Sock Monkey set is die cut and includes Two-Step Stampin' images for creative memories. Purchase the Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set for even more nostalgic options!
Set Quantity: 10

You also might like Sock Monkey Accessories $21.95 Item# 111552

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Joke for Today

Mr. Briggs looked towards his secretary who was absorbed in painting her fingernails.“Miss Smith,” he said, “I’d like to compliment you on your work- but when are you going to do any?”

Friday, April 10, 2009

5th Avenue Floral Card

Love this stamp set and the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Folder. I used Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, and More Mustard ink and cardstock. After running the Night of Navy piece in the Manhattan Flower folder through the Big Shot, I tore the piece and curled the edges a little. Next I took a sponge with Whisper White and highlighted the embossed lines. I cut the small size flower out and used a flower brad through the center. I mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals. I love this set and the folder. They make beautiful cards and projects. I have photos of the stamp set and Manhattan Flower Impressions Folder below.

Funny for Today

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

I love to laugh and thought I would share this Bible verse and a joke. Laughter really is the best medicine at times. Hope you have a good laugh today!

One man to his friend, what an automated society we live in. Have you ever noticed that when a traffic light turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?” :-)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Best Wishes Card

I made this card for a weekly challenge on LNStampers yahoo group. I love challenges because it gives me a starting point. If you are having a hard time coming up with ideas, start with a color combo, a sketch, or even an embellishment and see what your creative mind wanders off to! Stampin' Up! has a color wheel that I use often. If I am struggling with colors, I go to it and turn the wheel and see what color combos they suggest.
This card uses Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper, the Oval All stamp set and Scallop Oval punch available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. Hope you enjoy it! Have fun creating something today!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spring Fever Stamp Camp Projects

These were so much fun to make. Inspiration for the dress card came from Patty Bennett's blog here. She said she got the idea from someone else. I changed a few things and added the cardstock vellum embossed with a Texturz Impressions plate. I will post a photo of the 12 x 12 scrapbook page and the alternate card next week. I am waiting on the Wild about You stamp set to come in. The Big Shot is so much fun and our dies and texture plates are versatile to work with. Come and play with the Big Shot and make some fun projects! Contact me for details or to sign up. Email me.

If you can't make the class, contact me for a stamp camp kit with detailed instructions and materials. You will receive materials to make 3 cards and a matchbox for $20 or a 12 x 12 page, a matchbox, and 2 cards for $25. You will have to stamp your own images as per Stampin' Up!'s policy that I cannot include stamped images in the kit. You can purchase the stamp sets used through my Stampin Up! Demonstrator Business website. The link is on my sidebar under Shop Now. You can pay for the Stamp Camp through my PayPal button on the left side of this blog. Please add Spring Fever in the description box on PayPal's website. Stamp Camp by mail will be mailed out after the stamp camp.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Always Bird Card

I love birds so this card is perfect for me. Made with Stampin' Up!'s Always stamp set. The bird and circle motifs were heat embossed with Sage Shadow craft ink and clear embossing powder. The circles were punched with a 1/2" circle punch. Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set is used on the Sage Shadow card base in Sage Shadow Classic ink. The branch with berries is stamped in
Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip Classic inks. Chocolate Chip cardstock is used as a mat. Sponging around the cardstock pieces is with Chocolate Chip. Sponging adds dimension to the layers. Enjoy!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Stepping Up

Fast post for today. This first card we made at my Going Green Stamp Camp. This is a quick and easy card to put together. We used the Sale-a-bration Polka Dot Punches stamp set. A silver brad is used in the middle of the circle motif. Using Stampin' Up! Dimensionals behind the middle element makes it stand out from the flowers. Three holes were pierced beside the sentiment for visual interest and to direct the eye to the sentiment. I love using Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper on my cards.

This second card shows how you can "step up" a simple card by adding a few extra details. I chose to step up this card by adding 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and using a Certainly Celery brad in place of the silver brad. Nothing wrong with the first card, this is just a way to add more visual interest. I love ribbon! Have a great today and a better tomorrow!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Big Shot Sizzix Scalop Bunny Box

Isn't she cute! I made a girl bunny since I only have guys around my house. One day in the future I will have a couple of "daughters". I can't wait! They are so sweet and the Lord has provided two of our sons wonderful godly girlfriends. On to the box now.

There are instructions in a lot of places on the net for the scallop envelope box. I don't know the original designer of the box, but if it was you, please contact me and I will give you credit. Inspiration for this project was from the cute bunny box by Sandi MacIver here.

Start by die cutting 4 of the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Envelope dies with Green Galore cardstock. Cut off both of the tabs on two of the envelopes. Leave the other two envelope’s tabs intact. Run the envelopes back through the Big Shot with the Squares Texturz Impression Pad from Kit #4. That makes it look textured like a basket. Apply Sticky Strip to the side tabs. Making sure you have the correct side facing outward, align each side and adhere together. Fold the bottom flaps in by slipping one side of the flap under the next one and so on. I cut a 3 1/8” square of Green Galore to add to the bottom for extra strength. Glue this inside. Glue flaps down on outside.

Cut a 2 3/8” circle from Whisper White. Punch 4 large ovals from Whisper White and 4 small ovals from Pretty in Pink cardstock. Cut small strips of Certainly Celery for flower stems. Die cut 2 leaves using the Birds and Blooms Sizzlits die. Glue ears and feet on box and circle. Cut slim pieces of Whisper White for the whiskers. I used 5 strips. Put a glue dot where you want the nose. Arrange the whiskers on top of the glue dot. Put another glue dot on top of the whiskers. Punch heart from Heart to Heart Stampin’ Up! punch in Pretty in Pink. Adhere to top of whiskers with glue dot. Tie ½” Pretty in Pink grosgrain in bow. Use a glue dot to glue to bunny’s head. Punch ¼” circles of Basic Black. Glue eyes on to head. Glue bunny head to inside back box.
Die cut 3 large flowers, 5 small flowers, 2 leaves in Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana. Adhere around box.

Using 1 ¼” x 11” strip of Green Galore, punch both sides with Stampin’ Up! Eyelet Border Punch. To get eyelets to be equal on both sides, start one punching one side of the strip using one of the lines as a guild. Flip the strip over and punch using the same line. Make sure to start on the same end of the strip. Glue to inside of box lining up in bottom. Glue cotton ball on back for her tail. Fill with shredded paper or Easter grass and your choice of goodies. I always choose something I can’t eat so I am not tempted to snack. LOL Please leave your comments and questions. If you want to order any of the items used in this project, click on link under Shop Now. I have the item numbers below the photo.

Supplies used:
  • Eyelet Border Punch - Item# 113692
  • Large Oval Punch - Item#107305
  • Small Oval Punch - Item# 107304
  • Scallop Envelope Bigz Die - Item# 113462
  • Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die 4-Pack - Item# 113485
  • 1/2" Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon - Item# 113882
  • Texturz Squares Impression Pad - Item # 114531

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Baby Dress Shower Card

I made this Baby Dress card for a shower I attended recently. I wish I would have added scallop edges to the arms and bottom of the dress, but I was in a hurry. The punched flowers are from a retired Stampin' Up! punch. The dress template is available to demonstrators on the Stampin' Up! website. I will check and see if I can post it here.
Supplies Used:
  • Whisper White Cardstock - Item# 100730
  • Chocolate Chip Cardstock - Item# 102128
  • Pretty in Pink Cardstock - Item# 100459
  • Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper - Item# 113975
  • Creative Cafe adhesive gems
  • Retired Spring Flowers punch

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